WEST VIRGINIA - Wayne B. Brumbach died at home in Scott Depot, W.V., on Jan. 15, 2011, at the age of 92. He was born in Astoria on July 1, 1918, the son of Hal and Irene Baker Brumbach. His parents and grandparents were pioneer residents of Pacific County.
He attended school in Ilwaco and graduated from Ilwaco High School in 1936. He married Mariem Murfin in 1943.
He received Bachelor of Science and master's degrees from the University of Washington, and a PhD in physical education at the University of Oregon. He taught for seven years at the University of Washington, 13 years at the University of Oregon, and 13 years at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he was director of physical education, recreation and sports.
Dr. Brumbach served as president of the Western College Men's Physical Education Society and president of the National Physical Education Society for Men. He was elected to membership in Phi Epsilon Kappa (physical education honorary) and Phi Delta Kappa (education honorary).
Dr. Brumbach served for three years in the Army Medical Service Corps during WWII, and two years during the Korean War as a physical reconditioning officer in Germany. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.
Survivors include his wife, Mariem; daughters, Susan (William) Elliott of Tustin, Calif., Ginny (Ed) Haver and Janet Howes of Scott Depot, W.V.; granddaughters, Rebecca (John) Bell of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Sarah Haver of Modjadjiskloof, South Africa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sarah Haver's Ministry, Pfunanane, through Perrow Church, c/o Harvey Wegert, 5345 Big Tyler Rd., Cross Lanes, WV 25313.